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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Knocking on New Year's Door - 12/31/17

For New Year's Eve we travel to Germany, where we're:

Tomorrow we'll be in California.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

CSI: Who-ville - 12/30/17

Today's puzzle takes us to California for a special episode of:

CSI: Who-ville

Tomorrow we'll celebrate New Year's Eve in Germany.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Kripke? No, Kropki. - 12/29/17

Today we travel to Austria for yet another sudoku variant I was unfamiliar with.  Instructions in English can be found here (note that the geocache puzzle uses red instead of white, and blue instead of black dots).  Sharpen your pencil and try out this:


Tomorrow we'll ...

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Double Jigsaw - 12/28/17

One of our holiday traditions that we haven't managed to get to yet this year is working on a jigsaw puzzle.  Fortunately I came across today's Washington puzzle by a CO whose work I've enjoyed before:

Double Jigsaw

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Hippo what? - 12/27/17

Today's puzzle takes us to California, where we encounter a case of:

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Robin Laid an Egg - 12/26/17

I couldn't resist sharing this one from Virgina with you today.  Peraps you'll sing along with:

Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

Tomorrow we'll ...

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas! - 12/25/17

A pair of puzzles for you today, from Finland I wish you a Hyvää Joulua with this:

Julmysteriet 2011 - Långa och korta..

and with this puzzle in France, I wish you:

Joyeux Noël FFHK

Tomorrow we'll ...

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Calendar - 12/24/17

If you've been keeping up all month long you should have most of what you need to complete today's Swedish puzzle:

Wexio Christmas Calendar 2012

Tomorrow we'll ...

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Something different - 12/23/17

Regarding today's cache, I won't say it's rotten ... but there's definitely something different in the state of Denmark:

Digging a very deep hole

Tomorrow we'll wrap up our Swedish calendar cache.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Blyant Puslespill - 12/22/17

Today's Swedish calendar cache takes us to Norway for a blyant puslespill (pencil puzzle):

Färgelanda Myst I

Tomorrow we'll be in Denmark.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Petals of the Rose - 12/21/17

Today our Swedish calendar cache takes us to Norway for:

The petals of the rose Sk #05

Tomorrow, back to Sweden.

If you're like me, today you're celebrating that the shortest day of the year will be behind us.  I was out caching up to the northwest of here yesterday and we had to wrap things up before 4:00 in order to get home before it was pitch dark.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Lussekatten - 12/20/17

Today's Swedish calendar puzzle features a cute little cat celebrating one part of their Christmas season, St. Lucia's Day:

Nötknäckarkalendern 2011-12 Lussekatten

Tomorrow we'll be in Norway.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Geocaching Christmas Story - 12/19/17

Today we pay a visit to a brand new New Jersey cache.  I had planned for us to be in Norway today, but I'm going to save that puzzle for another day in favor of:

A Geocaching Christmas Story

Tomorrow we'll have a puzzle based on a different Christmas story. 

Monday, December 18, 2017

Matrisen - 12/18/17

Our Swedish calendar cache, day 18, has us visiting its home country and a puzzle called:


Did anybody else see the new Star Wars movie over the weekend?  My husband and I went, but the theater was so packed we couldn't even sit together (well, maybe we could have if I'd been willing to sit in the very front).  So I missed out on the popcorn we were supposed to share, but I enjoyed the movie.  My only problem is that if Luke is 40 years older than when I first met him, then I must be too.

Tomorrow we'll be in Norway.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Play Well - 12/17/17

With today's puzzle we rejoin our Swedish calendar cache, which takes us to the Isle of Man where we'll:

Play Well

Tomorrow:  Back to Sweden.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Bumbling Around - 12/16/17

One more day and we'll be back to our Swedish calendar puzzles.   Today we head to Utah where I've just been doing a little:

Bumbling Around

Tomorrow we'll be in the Isle of Man.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Let it Snow - 12/15/17

I'm taking another day off from our Swedish calendar of caches to share with you this puzzle in honor of the winter weather we've been having here lately.  It's from Finland, where I guess they know a thing or two about:

Plus it gives me the opportunity to share this video ... which I may have shared before, but it's so geeky good I hope you'll forgive me if I'm repeating myself:

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - 12/14/17

A brief break from the calendar of caches we've been doing, as I share something new that's a bit closer to home for me here in central New York.  This puzzle has one of the new geocaching.com geocheckers on it, in case you haven't seen them: 

Everyone Loves a Good Christmas Carol

I can certainly confirm that, as the song says, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" around here. I think it was about 12 degrees today, with a fierce wind-chill, and yesterday as I was driving to work during our first real snow of the year I did not particularly appreciate Andy Williams on the radio belting out "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" as I was trying to avoid sliding into the ditch. Fortunately, I kept it between the lines and the end of the semester is in sight!

Tomorrow we'll ...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Le Pont de Geneve - 12/13/17

Day 13 of our calendar cache puzzle takes us to Switzerland and:

Le pont de Geneve 2

Tomorrow we'll ...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ukelele - 12/12/17

Today's selection from the Swedish Calendar cache takes us to Thailand for a:


Tomorrow we'll be in Switzerland.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Alfametik - 12/11/17

Our Swedish calendar cache returns to its home turf today with a puzzle that's:


Tomorrow we'll journey to Thailand.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Animal Math - 12/10/17

Day 10 of our calendar cache finds us back in Sweden for a little Animal Math, or as they say there:

Djurmatte i Silverskogen

Tomorrow, day 11.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Das Labyrinth - 12/9/17

Day 9 of our calendar cache takes us to Austria.  See if you can make your way through:

Das Labyrinth

Tomorrow we'll

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Incredible Journey - 12/8/17

Our Swedish calendar cache puzzle sends us to a new country for the blog today, Vietnam.  Getting there is quite:

The Incredible Journey (Hanoi)

Tomorrow, day 9.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Siffror - 12/7/17

A numbers puzzle from the Swedish calendar cache today:

Siffror I

Is anybody else keeping up with the current year's version of the calendar?  I've found them to be a fun challenge so far. I'd love to do one like this around here if I thought I could get any takers.

Tomorrow our journeys will take us to Vietnam.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cachemas Gnomes - 12/6/17

Today's Swedish puzzle involves some Cachemas gnomes:

Notknackarkalendern 2011-10 Cachemas Gnomes

This cache is archived, and you'll notice the new banner with the log from when it was archived up at the top ... yet another change to the website.  It sounds like they've changed up the cache page creation experience as well, including taking away the "related web page" link.  That's too bad.  But the new "archived" banner did remind me of a useful tool that someone passed along a while back and I don't think I've shared it here.  You can use this link to:

Search for Archived Caches

Tomorrow we'll visit puzzle #7 on our December caching calendar.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Connecting People - 12/5/17

Today our Swedish calendar puzzle takes us to Luxembourg where we're:

Connecting People

Tomorrow ... day 6.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Kissemissar - 12/4/17

Today's puzzle from the Swedish puzzle calendar cache may look familiar.  It's based on a California puzzle I featured here a while back, and was lucky enough to actually make the find for last summer.  I hadn't saved all of my work for the original, however, so I had fun doing it all over again:

Upon checking the other day, I found an all-new version of the calendar cache for 2017.  While it sounds like they had to put in a back-door to make it somehow solvable upon publication, the puzzles are appearing daily, and I've had fun looking at them so far (be warned that google translate could use some work on its Swedish).  Why not play along with:

Tomorrow ... day 5.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Shonky? - 12/3/17

Today's puzzle is similar to some I've featured here before, but with its own regional twist.  This 4th entry for our December calendar of caches takes us to Australia and:

A Shonky Numbers Game

Tomorrow ... day 4.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

When in Rome - 12/2/17

Day 2 of our December series has us visiting a puzzle that is part of a series from Canada's province of Nova Scotia that I first featured way back in 2011.  If you haven't taken a trip down "Puzzle Street" in the past, you may as well start here:

PS24: When in Rome... ?

Tomorrow:  Day 3 takes us to Australia.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Lycka till! - 12/1/17

Well, we've made it to the last month of the year.  December 1st is a big day around here since it's my son's birthday, but it was also always an exciting day for me growing up.  My mother would haul the huge old record player upstairs and play a stack of Christmas LP's for us that night when we went to sleep.  The stack would get flipped over the following night, and then every night until Christmas. Opening the first little window on our advent calendar was another real treat that day.  My sister got the odd days, and I got the even ones ... so she always got to go first. 

Last December I came across a holiday puzzle-a-day series in Sweden. It was one mega-puzzle (in the style of a "master of mystery" cache) but it took 24 days for the whole thing to be revealed - a new puzzle appeared each day, and you had to solve all 24 of them to get the information required to find the cache.  The puzzles are not all holiday related and are not all found in Sweden. I may end up switching around or replacing a few of them, but I thought it would be a fun series to share with you here this month ... naturally, just one day at a time.  I wish you "Lycka till!" with this first entry:

Anders slaskar, julen braskar

Tomorrow, day 2.